Jaquay competes at Rodeo Nationals

CEW-MR-4-Jaquay-competes4c1Kallie Jaquay and her horse Andy recently made the 33 hour drive from Hamilton, NY to Rock Springs, WY to represent New York at the High School National Finals Rodeo. To qualify for Nationals, you must be in the top four in the event in your state. There were over 1,700 competitors from 45 states and Canadian provinces, including a team from Australia. Kallie and Andy ran in the Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Queen contest. [Read more…]

Pennsylvania 4-H’ers successful at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference

CDM-RP-2-4H-POULTRY-WINNERS_0q1A team of 4-H’ers from Centre County represented Pennsylvania at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference held November 18-19 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.  The team placed second overall in the Poultry Judging Contest, just 1.3 points (out of 4500) behind first place winner Georgia. Pennsylvania was first in the Market Egg Division, second in Production Hens and Oral reasons Division and fourth in the Market Poultry Division.
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Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture

by Katie Navarra

Nearly 14.3 percent of the total carrot crop acreage in the United States is grown in organic farming systems. “Carrots are a significant organic production vegetable component in U.S. agriculture,” said Micaela Colley, executive director and research education director for the Organic Seed Alliance.

Given the crop’s importance in organic agriculture, carrots are the focus of a nationwide project aimed at addressing critical needs of organic farmers. The collaborative includes researchers from around the country with specialties in multiple disciplines. The group is working together to develop and identify carrot varieties with improved nematode and disease resistance, increased nutritional value and flavor and improved weed competitiveness. [Read more…]

In the field with a multimedia specialist

CEW-MR-3-Multimedia31by Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer

I have said for many years, agriculturalists have some of the prettiest, most iconic landscapes to capture on film. We have cute kids, farmers, animals and vistas. We also have truthful images and events describing the inter-workings and hardships associated with farming. Any way you slice it, the media’s portrayal of our farms is of particular interest to the general public. Why not explore working with a multimedia specialist to tell your story? [Read more…]

SUNY Cobleskill brings Raw Milk Workshop to New York State ~ part 2

CW-MR-2-Raw-Milk51by Elizabeth A. Tomlin

At a recent workshop on raw milk, food attorneys Jason Foscolo and Casey McCue with NYS Ag & Markets addressed the transport of raw milk when discussing the laws, regulations and restrictions involved with the sale of raw milk in New York State.

Foscolo spoke about some popular ways that raw milk producers try to evade prohibitions, including mislabeling raw milk and by claiming not being responsible due to “cow shares”. [Read more…]